Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits


Ricotta, a versatile Italian cheese, mimics cheesecake in these delicious dessert parfaits.

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint

  • 1 15 ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 3 tablespoon light agave nectar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • Fresh mint


  1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries, sugar, and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint; gently stir to combine. Let stand about 10 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.

  2. In another medium bowl combine ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla, and lemon peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.

  3. To assemble, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.


Icon: gluten free, vegetarian


Any ripe berries will work in this simple and delicious dessert.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 48.4mg 242%
Calcium 212mg 16%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 214mg 5%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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